Okay, let’s talk vitamins. As you probably are aware, it is extremely important to make sure you are getting the daily vitamins your body requires. Of course the goal is to eat a healthy, balanced diet chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals. But let’s face it, most of us aren’t getting all the nutrients we need through our food. That’s where supplements come in. You should look at my kitchen counter—there’s everything from A to zinc on it!
Something I have learned over the years is when I’m feeling off—anxious, depressed or just not well overall—I examine my vitamin intake to make sure I am taking the appropriate ones and the correct amounts. The important vitamins to look at are B12, vitamin D3, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and iron. While there are many more, these are of great value. Talk to the people at your local health food store and ask what the appropriate amounts are and how often to take your supplements.
Many people simply do not realize the remarkable impact taking the correct vitamins can have on their lives. It makes all the difference in how we feel. It’s taken me years to find the regimen that works for me, but it has been so worth the effort!
Unfortunately, too many of us suffer from vitamin deficiencies and we are not even aware of the ramifications. For example, vitamin D deficiency soars in the U.S. This crucial vitamin is important in the prevention of osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and research indicates that its deficiency may cause diabetes and obesity.
Deficiency of vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium is present among 50 percent of Americans. Sadly and shockingly, an estimated 259 to 500 million children in the world are becoming blind every year due to deficiency of vitamin A, and half of them die within a year of losing their vision.
Then there are the deficiencies in B vitamins to consider. Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause infertility or recurrent spontaneous abortion, while deficiency of vitamin B6 or folic acid during pregnancy is associated with neural tube defect among newborns.
Again, it’s so important to strive to eat well, but even then, you still might not be getting enough essential vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, for example.
Be good to your body this month by examining how you are feeling and taking a good look at what vitamins and minerals you are getting on a daily basis. Hopefully it won’t take years, like it did for me, for you to figure out your best supplement regimen.
Jeannette Draper, Publisher